Mathri (Salted Crackers)

October 21st, 2007 filed under Snacks, Vegan
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Mathris are salted crisp crackers. Mathris are popular afternoon snack. Traditionally, mathris are served with spicy pickles.

Makes 40 to 50 mathri.



  • 2 cups All Purpose flour (plain flour or maida)
  • 1/2  cup sooji (semolina flour)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ajwain
  • 4 tablespoons oil
  • 3/4 cup lukewarm water (use as needed)
  • Oil to fry


  1. Mix all the ingredients except the water.
  2. Add the water little at a time, kneading into a firm dough.
  3. Cover the dough and set aside for 15 minutes or more.
  4. Divide the dough into about 40 equal parts.
  5. Take each part of the dough and make a flat ball shape. Roll them into 2 inch circles.
  6. Prick each mathri with a fork in 5 to 6 places, so the mathris do not puff when frying.
  7. Heat the oil in a frying pan on medium heat.
  8. The frying pan should have atleast 1 1/2 inch of oil.To check if the oil is ready, put a small piece of dough in the oil. The dough should make the oil sizzle and come up slowly.
  9. Fry a few matris at a time. Make sure to place just enough mathris to cover the frying oil.
  10. Fry the mathris until both sides are a light golden-brown.


  1. Mathris can be stored for a couple of months in airtight containers.
  2. If the mathris are cooked on high heat, they will be soft.

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83 Responses to “Mathri (Salted Crackers)”

  1. [...] cookies are very similar in taste to the Indian snack, Mathri (an unintended [...]

  2. uma says:

    Hi I tried this for diwali, and they came out super good. every1 liked it. thanks to u


  3. Rj says:

    Excellent and easy recipe….I tried it and worked wonderfully…!
    Thank you…

  4. neha says:

    I tried making vegetable biryani and uploaded in
    Pleae review

  5. Richa says:

    Hi ,
    i have read your recipes before and they are easy and quite tasty to read! What is plain flour? Aata?? Isnt there a healthier alternative if we dont want to use Maida?

  6. Sapna says:

    Can i use the same aata for namak pare and mathri and vice versa?

  7. sujatha says:

    hello mam,

    I really love u r recepies very much. I tried ur few of ur receips. it came out very well. now i tried samosa the taste of the samosa was awesome. but they didnt come out crispy. outer side came out very soft like puri. pl tell me how to make crispy samosa. I’m looking forward ur response. thank u very much mam.

  8. Nirali says:

    Hi Manjula,
    I really like all your recepies.
    I have just one quick question regarding mathries.

    Is there any way we can bake mathries instead of fry in oil?
    Would you please suggest the to bake it?

    I will wait for your response.
    Kind regards,

  9. Apurva says:

    V.good recipe

  10. varsha says:

    Hi manjulaji . I like u r recipe very much. please send me new/ latest recipe on my account. thank you.

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